Ubuntu – Expanding your home directory size


I would like to copy or expand my /home directory … All tutorials talks about moving the home directory from a partition to another but the problem that I only have one partition that was more than 300 gigs (before I resize it and create a new partition) although I see 30 Gigs only on my home directory (4 Gigs left 🙁 )

I resized it and created a new partition as you can see in the next image

I've tried booting from Ubuntu live CD and from a USB and what I can see in Gparted is exactly as in the picture below

I would like to move my home directory to the new partition of expand it.

This is a snapshot of what I can see on my Gparted (note: the new partition is never used I just created it)


This is from Disk Utilities


Thanks in Advance

Best Answer

It looks like you have installed Ubuntu under Windows instead of or as well as as a separate partition. This means that when you load Ubuntu (the windows Ubuntu) you only have a very limited amount of space, but your hard drive shows a massive Ubuntu partition with a ton of space which isn't being used.

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From your image here you can see in (1) where the ntfs partition (which is windows) is mounted as the host. Where as the Ubuntu partition (2) isn't mounted at all as anything. Also the new Ubuntu partition you've made (3) is where I think you've resized the Ubuntu partition (2) and created a new space, which is also not being used or mounted.

To solve this mess you need to back up all your files, delete the new partition and resize the Ubuntu partition back to 300GB. Then go into windows and uninstall Ubuntu from windows. Then see if it will boot into Ubuntu, if it will then job done. If it won't then you need a new install and you need to use the Ubuntu Live CD from boot (not from windows) in order to install it directly and not using a wubi install.

Comment here if you're having issues or need someone to talk you through it.

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